Thoughts on the visual image and the ‘mind space’ of the brain

 Think of the visual images we see.  Look out and what do you see?  A tree, the sky, a building, a road.  The light from these images goes into the eye and hits the back of the eye, which send nothing but impulses to the optical region in the rear part of the brain.  These impulses go, basically, into a mesh of cells that have long extensions (called axons) that send the impulses to other cells in the brain.

That’s it!

So . . . where does the visual image lie then?  Biologically, the visual impulses go to nothing but a mesh of cells, a great cobweb, consisting of chemical/electrical functions. 

But, when I look out, I ‘see’.  I see leaves fluttering in the wind.  I see rocks in the road.  I see their shape, their shaded part, and irregularities on its surface.

Where do these images lie in the brain?  Where, exactly, is this image at?  It must be . . . somewhere.

To me, the image is located at what I call the ‘mind space’ of the brain.  It’s here that I ‘see’ the images.

This is a good example of what ‘mind space’ is and the enigma that it is.  How do you relate the ‘mind space’ with a mesh of cells?  What biological functions ‘sees’ the images?  How does a mesh of cells ‘see’ anything at all?

Such is the mystery.

To me, the visual images do not lie in the brain, its mesh of cells, or its biological functioning but somewhere else altogether.  It seems to me that this is where biology ends.  Considering the biases of science, there is no way biology will be able to explain this.  The fact is that the ‘mind space’ is not measurable, and its existence is no doubt speculative.  But yet there is something happening that cannot be accounted for in biology.

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